It Was A Fantastic Tournament
Vice-president of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) and Chairman of the Guyana Cup softball cricket competition, Ricky Deonarain, said the tournament was a resounding success, despite being affected by rain on the final day at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road.
After 2 full days of action, during which a total of 28 matches were played, the final day (Sunday) was severely affected by the elements, but the organisers still managed to get the full quota of matches completed under floodlights.
In the Open category, Cotton Field Wild Oats (CFWO) secured a 7-wicket win over Regal XI to cart off the $600,000 first prize, while Regal Masters tasted victory in the Over-40 competition by whipping Savage Masters by 51 runs to win $400,000. The 4-team, 10/10 female exhibition contest was won by Mike’s Wellwoman, who defeated Trophy Stall Angels by 5 wickets in the final.
The tournament’s Most Valuable Players were Patrick Rooplall of CFWO in the Open category, and Marlo Malone of Regal Masters in the Over-40 competition. They each received a 10-pennyweight, 14-karat gold bracelet, compliments of Steve’s Jewellery.
“I think the tournament went according to plan. It’s just that the rain affected us on Sunday, but that was beyond our control,” Deonarain told this publication yesterday. “Despite the weather, it was a fantastic tournament; very competitive. I think if the rain had stayed away we would have had a larger turnout, but we’re thankful to those who came out and supported the competition.”
Over 3,000 spectators were on hand to view the action, as the four local male teams battled for supremacy in the Open and Masters Competitions, and the females used the occasion to showcase their talents. Deonarain added that the GFSCA worked assiduously to ensure that the event, which Guyana was hosting for the first time, was a success.
“It was lots of hard work, strenuous work. It was a collective effort from all the members (of GFSCA) and I think that’s what made it possible. I want to also thank the various sponsors that came on board and all those who helped us during the 3 days,” he said.
Deonarain, himself a hard-hitting batsman, who made 84 for the Floodlight XI in the preliminaries, said the competition received good reviews from the visiting president of the New York Softball Cricket League, Eric Ferrier. He said Ferrier gave an 85 percent success rate on the tournament, his only concern being some of the local teams not being properly uniformed.
The competition, which attracted 8 teams from North America and a similar number from Guyana, received corporate support from Trophy Stall, Survival Supermarket, Digicel, Mike’s Pharmacy, Clear Waters, Steve’s Jewellery, Bel Air Texaco Gas Station, and Guyana Beverage Company through its Busta soft drink brand. All the trophies for the competition were donated by the Trophy Stall of Bourda Market and City Mall.
Meanwhile, the GFSCA will continue with its calendar of events with the resumption of the Bakewell nationwide softball tournament next weekend. That competition is currently at the quarter-final stage.